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Ongoing Projects:

BASIC II: Biological And SocIal Complexity (2023-2026)

Project members: Alberto Antonioni, Natalia Briñas Pascual, José Manuel Camacho Mateu, José Antonio Cuesta Ruíz, Miguel Ángel Gonzalez-Casado, Pilar Guerrero Contreras, Rashid Ibrahimli, Aniello Lampo, Tomasz Raducha, Angel Sánchez.

Role: co-PI with Pilar Guerrero Contreras.

Sustainable Commons (2020-)

To study sustainable cooperation, we need to know more about what contributes to and what distracts from people’s willingness to invest not just in a project but also in its sustainability. We suggest that a crucial factor for sustainability is the salience of an overarching goal that is oriented towards common goals and the motivation to contribute to their realization. The current research line deals with conditions of sustainable behavior in common pool situation, related to the tragedy of the commons but now explicitly focused on goal-framing effects. The main effects supporting the salience of the normative goal are hypothesized to be two contributors to a belief in the feasibility of the project: (a) the effect of previous investment but now with an awareness of joint production over time; and (b) the effects of (a) plus an induced belief that others are likely to be concerned with the sustainability and thus, keep contributing to the sustainability of the project by not taking out an amount that exceeds sustainability.


Project members: Alberto Antonioni, Francesca Giardini, Pablo Lozano, Siegwart Lindenberg, Rafael Wittek.

Role: co-PI.

A-PLANET: Acceptable PoLicies for the optimAl balaNce between driving and activE Transport (2021-2025)

A-PLANET’s main objective is to design new policies that strike the optimal balance between effectiveness and public acceptability, to provide scientific and policy relevant insights, and help shape a more sustainable transport system. The considered policies are those aiming at discouraging driving, and those stimulating active modes in an urban context. The project will identify optimal transport policies that are effective and welfare enhancing, and key factors to enhance public acceptability in order to improve the likelihood of their successful implementation. The project will test the relevance of behavioral informed gamification elements to creatively design and frame new policy alternatives, providing empirically sound results about the effectiveness and acceptability of transport policy instruments in isolation and as a policy package. Finally, we will provide policy recommendations and structured cost-benefit analysis of how the tested policy packages would perform scaled up to city-level.

Project members: Alberto Antonioni, Paal Brevik Wangsness, Alice Ciccone, Cloe Garnache, Askill Harkjerr Halse, Francesca Lipari.

Role: co-PI for Carlos III University of Madrid.

HECSOs: Higher Education institutions and Civil Society Organisations together for community (Erasmus+ program, 2022-2025)

The project consortium has established a trans-disciplinary and collaborative research group and develop international and research-based learning approaches to identify and disseminate innovative and evidence-based models of intervention and related implementation tools. The project consortium will also identify relevant professional roles that make community engagement approaches more effective and impactful, it will co-design corresponding skills and competency frameworks and develop related training (up-skilling)  curricula and courses for students and CSOs professionals. Finally, the project partners will develop, through jointly-organised local policy multi-stakeholders workshops, guidelines and policy recommendations to enable environments that favour community engagement approaches HECSOs is funded by the European Union in the framework of Erasmus + Key Action 2 – Cooperation among organisations and institutions.

Project website:

Role: co-PI for Carlos III University of Madrid.

Juan de la Cierva - Incorporación (2021-2024)

Role: PI.

Budget: 93.000.- EUR (36 months).

Related Publications:

  • Lozano, Antonioni, Sánchez, Conflicts May Lead Egalitarian to Hierarchical, but Cooperative, Societies, under review.

  • Steinegger, Iacopini, Teixeira, Bracci, Casanova-Ferrer, Antonioni, Valdano (2022), Non-Selective Distribution of Infectious Disease Prevention May Outperform Risk-Based Targeting, Nature Communications.

  • Tomassini and Antonioni (2021), Computational Behavioral Models in Public Goods Games with Migration between Groups, Journal of Physics: Complexity 2(4): 045013. [link]

Previous Projects:

BASIC: Biological And SocIal Complexity (2019-2022)

Project members: Alberto Antonioni, José Cuesta, Victoria Doldán, Diego Escribano, Pilar Guerrero, Pablo Lozano, Juan Ozaita, María Pereda, Angel Sánchez.

Role: researcher.

Juan de la Cierva - Formación (2018-2020)

Role: PI.

Budget: 51.000.- EUR (24 months).

Related Publications:


  • Tomassini and Antonioni (2020), Public Goods Games on Coevolving Social Network Models, Frontiers in Physics 8: 58. [link]

  • Tomassini and Antonioni (2019), Computational Behavioral Models for Public Goods Games on Social Networks, Games 10(3): 35. [link]

  • Antonioni, Martinez-Vaquero, Mathis, Peel, Stella (2019), Individual Perception Dynamics in Drunk Games, Physical Review E 99(5): 052311. [link]

  • Lipari, Stella, Antonioni (2019), Investigating Peer and Sorting Effects within an Adaptive Multiplex Network Model, Games 10(2): 16. [link]

IBSEN: from Individual Behavior to the Socio-tEchnical maN (H2020 FET Open RIA program, 2015-2018)

Project consortium: Aalto University, Carlos III University of Madrid, University of Amsterdam, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Valencia, University of Zaragoza.

Role: researcher.

Related Publications:

  • Alventosa, Antonioni, Hernández (2021), Pool Punishment in Public Goods Games: How Do Sanctioners' Incentives Affect Us?, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 185: 513-537. [link]

  • Pereda, Tamarit, Antonioni, Cuesta, Hernández, Sánchez (2019), Large Scale and Information Effects on Cooperation in Public Good Games, Scientific Reports 9: 15023. [link]

The Evolution of Hierarchical Societies I + II (Swiss National Science Foundation Early and Advance Postdoc Mobility Fellowships, 2015-2018)

Role: PI.

Budget: 151.500.- CHF (36 months).

Related Publications:

  • Cardoso, Meloni, Gracia-Lázaro, Antonioni, Cuesta, Sánchez, Moreno (2021), Framing in Multiple Public Goods Games and Donation to Charities, Royal Society Open Science 8: 202117. [link]

  • Lozano, Antonioni, Tomassini, Sánchez (2018), Cooperation on Dynamic Networks within an Uncertain Reputation Environment, Scientific Reports 8: 9093. [link]

  • Antonioni, Pereda, Cronin, Tomassini, Sánchez (2018), Collaborative Hierarchy Maintains Cooperation in Asymmetric Games, Scientific Reports 8: 5375. [link]

  • Antonioni, Sánchez, Tomassini (2016), Cooperation Survives and Cheating Pays in a Dynamic Network Structure with Unreliable Reputation, Scientific Reports 6: 27160. [link]

Associate Professor,

GISC, Mathematics Department

Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain

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